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  • 14 Days

    13 Nights

  • 3500km

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  • Motorcycle with 7 months maximum Use

  • Top case, panniers and engine protection

  • Tour Leader

  • Support vehicle

  • Hotels minimum 4*

  • Breakfast

  • Dinner without drinks

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  • Lunches

  • Drinks

  • Flights

  • Personnal Expenses

  • Fuel

  • Anything that is NOT listed on INCLUDED items

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Los Angeles - Los Angeles

Reception of the participants at the airport and transfer to the hotel by Hertz Ride staff, welcome drink, dinner and tour presentation. 

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Los Angeles - San Luis Obispo

Head out of town along the famous Pacific Coast Highway (CA 1) via Malibu to the town of Santa Barbara, with its Spanish Renaissance architecture. Then wind up over the San Marcos Pass to the wine country of Santa Ynez and Los Olivos to Solvang, founded in the 19th century by Danish settlers and built as a piece of Denmark transplanted. Continue west through the flower fields of Lompoc Valley, stopping to visit Mission La Purísima Concepción—one of California’s 21 missions built two centuries ago. We then snake north to the small resort town 

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03

San Luis Obispo - Carmel

Enjoy amazing ocean vistas and the superlative twisting coast highway as we ride the worldfamous Big Sur coastline today. We begin our coast ride at Morro Bay, then head north via San Simeon State Park (and perhaps a visit to Hearst Castle [needs to be reserved], the fantasy castle-home of media tycoon William R. Hearst). We’ll stop at Piedras Blancas Beach to view the elephant seals hauled on the sands. We then thrill to the coiling Pacific Coast Highway as it twines through Big Sur, with its Redwood trees towering over the crashing ocean below. This is one of the world’s most sensational drives, with its cliff-top switchbacks and stunning vistas, highlighted by our ride across Bixby Bridge. We arrive in the fairytale village of Carmel-by-theSea, with its many art galleries and fine-dining restaurants.

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04

Carmel - San Francisco

Today we begin with a short ride north to Monterey, a seaside town with a beautiful bay setting. Founded by the Spanish in 1770, it served as California’s capital under Spanish and Mexican rule, and later became an important fishing port. We’ll stop to explore the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium and explore Fisherman’s Wharf. Then head inland on CA68 to Salinas, stopping en route at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a pace-car led round of the track, and snaked along San Juan Grade Road over the coastal mountains for lunch in historic San Juan Bautista.  In the afternoon ride through the San Juan Valley via Watsonville to Santa Cruz—a surf-crazy university town—then follow the Pacific Coast Highway past Año Nuevo State Park (more elephant seals!) to Half Moon Bay, ending in San Francisco

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San Francisco - San Francisco

Full day at leisure to enjoy the ‘City by the Bay’ at leisure.

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San Francisco - Calistoga

Today we savor the Northern California coastline, combing sublime vistas, soaring old-growth redwoods, and windswept beaches as we follow the cliff-hanger Shoreline Highway (SR1). We begin by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, then via the picturesque bayside town of Sausalito to coil up the mountains to Muir Woods and drop down to Muir Beach. At Olema, turn west through Point Reyes National Seashore to visit the lighthouse, atop the wind-battered Point Reyes Headland. Return to Olema and wind inland via Petaluma to Sonoma, a charming historic town with a 18th-century Spanish mission and military barracks in the heart of wine country. Then on to Napa and the world-famous Napa Valley. We’ll ride north through the valley to Calistoga and a late-afternoon visit—once the bikes are safely parked!—at Sterling Vineyards

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Calistoga - Garberville

Follow the Anderson Valley (known for its orchards) to Healdsburg, then follow the Russian River as it coils west to the Pacific Ocean at Jenner. We’ll then follow the dramatically beautiful shoreline north to via Gualala and Elk to Mendocino for lunch in this quaint town, full of gingerbread clapboard homes, poised on a promontory surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon continue north via the lumbering capital of Fort Bragg and along the course of the Eel River to Leggett, where we begin our ride along the ‘Redwood Highway.’ Passing through Richardson Grove State Park, we end in Garberville, a lovely little town—notorious as the “marijuana capital of California”—in the heart of redwood country. 

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08

Garberville - Lake Almanor

You’ll be awed today as we ride along SR 101 beneath the soaring redwoods of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Turn east onto SR 36 and follow the course of the Van Duzen River over the Coast Mountain Range via Forest Glen to Red Bluff, at the northern extreme of California’s Central Valley. Ahead, the snow-capped conical peak of Mt. Lassen awaits as SR 36 climbs, snaking into Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Lake Almanor - Lake Tahoe

Follow SR 89 south through the Sierra Nevada Mountains via Gleneagle and Truckee to Lake Tahoe, the jewel in the crown of the High Sierra and California’s most beautiful body of water. Its crystal-clear water ranges from emerald to sapphire. We’ll follow SR 28 along the western shore via Sugar Pine Point State Park and Emerald Bay (stunning vistas from here!) to South Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe - Groveland

Turn from 88 for the quaint hamlet of Volcano to McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill, where in spring the hillside is carpeted with daffodils. Continue downhill to Sutter Creek, a California Gold Rush town where we turn south on fabled SR 49 along the rolling foothills of Gold Country. This stunningly beautiful route winds through a series of historic towns that recall the 1848 California Gold Rush that birthed them. Beyond Angels Camp we reach Columbia State Historic Park—a perfectly-preserved Gold Rush town complete with stagecoach, gold-panning exhibit, and blacksmith’s forge. Then continue to Sonora, then Jamestown—another wonderfully preserved gold era town, where the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park displays antique stream trains and has a still-functioning Sierra Railway—and Chinese Camp, recalling the Chinese contribution to the Gold Rush. Beyond, at Mocassin, we follow SR 120 at it coils steeply up to Groveland, the gateway to Yosemite National Park. 

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Groveland - Big Pine

Today offers some of the most sensational riding of the tour as we ascend into Yosemite National Park. We’ll descend into Yosemite Valley, with free time for hiking. After lunch in the valley, we’ll retrace our route to SR 120 to cross over the Sierra Nevada. Prepare to be awed by the stunning high alpine scenery of Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass. We drop down to Lee Vining, where we’ll stroll among the eerie tuff cones of Mono Lake State Park. From here, we’ll ride south along SR 395 through the Owens Valley—a long rift valley between the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains. This portion of the itinerary offers what may be the most dramatic scenery of the entire tour, with the snow-capped Sierras rising sheer from the valley. We end our day at Big Pine, 

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Big Pine - Los Angeles

We begin the day with an excursion high into the White Mountains and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, protecting the world’s oldest living things (the tree called ‘Methuselah’ sprouted in 2832 BC!), which grow only here, above 3,000 meters elevation. Returning to SR 395, we continue south via Lone Pine, with snow-capped Mt. Whitney—at 4,421 m, the tallest peak in the mainland USA—towering overhead to the west. Lone Pine is gateway to the Mojave Desert. We’ll continue along SR 395 to Randsburg, a still-lived-in “ghost town” that looks the same as it did in its boom days after gold was discovered here in 1895. Then through the heart of the desert via Mojave and Lancaster and into the refreshingly cool Angeles National Forest via Hidden Springs, arriving Los Angeles in late afternoon. Farewell dinner in a gourmet restaurant

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Los Angeles - Los Angeles

On this day we will enjoy a guided tour of the most emblematic neighborhoods and places, including Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Farewell dinner in a gourmet restaurant. 

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Los Angeles - Flight Home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

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